Eye Conditions and Emergencies
Albertans of all ages can benefit from optometric services. Avoiding long waits in an emergency room is just one of the many reasons to visit your optometrist for eye emergencies and other conditions (medically necessary exams) and procedures.
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Prompt recognition and appropriate referral of ocular emergencies are essential in the primary care setting when the outcome may depend on timely management. All ocular emergencies, including a penetrating globe injury, retinal detachment, central retinal artery occlusion, acute angle-closure glaucoma, and chemical burns, should be referred immediately to an eye care professional. Optometrists generally reserve a few appointments per day for medically necessary referrals. They have the proper knowledge, tools and equipment necessary to diagnose, treat or refer to a specialist (if needed).
You can find examples of Medically Necessary conditions and services that fall under this category (with the ICD-9 code in brackets) by downloading the document below: